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Sidney Crosby Receives Order of Nova Scotia

Sidney CrosbyAfter initially being offered the medal in September 2008 only to have his hockey schedule conflict with the necessary ceremony, Pittsburgh Penguins star and Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby has officially been awarded with the Order of Nova Scotia.

Sid the Kid was presented with his award yesterday at Province House in Halifax, becoming the youngest person to ever receive the Order at only 22 and the first to be nominated in the youth category.

Crosby, Ovechkin Meet Again

Crosby & OvechkinThe Washington Capitals wrapped up a thrilling comeback as the returned by a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded New York Rangers and, in doing so, invited the Pittsburgh Penguins back to D.C. for a second round clash that will see Crosby, Malkin and company try to upset the second-seeded Caps.

The bad blood between Crosby and Ovechkin is well-known around the NHL and continued as recently as late in the regular season when Sid the Kid mentioned publicly that Ovechkins 50th goal celebration (video below) was less then classy.

Look for a great match-up between two of the best teams in the East, starting Thursday night in Washington.

Brodeur Ties Roy’s Win Record

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night to tie the goaltender win record of 551 set by former Hab Patrick Roy. Despite his long tenure with the Devils Brodeur is from Montreal and has always been well-loved by the fans there, receiving a minutes-long standing ovation following the game.

Patrick Roy was in attendance and offered his congratulations to Brodeur both before and after the game. Win 552 and a brand new NHL record can come as early as Tuesday night when New Jersey faces Chicago at home.

Good luck Marty, and congratulations!

Trade Day Waiver Wire

Sean AveryDallas Stars’ bad boy Sean Avery was the first waiver claim as he makes his way back to the New York Rangers and the waiver activity picked up this morning with the following claims:

– Toronto has picked up Martin Gerber from the Ottawa Senators, making room for speculation on the future of Vesa Toskala with the Leafs

Crosby Leaves Practice With Sore Groin

Sidney CrosbySidney Crosby left the Penguin’s practice today with an apparent “sore groin”; not exactly a major NHL happening but the fact that Crosby avoided reporters while leaving suggests that perhaps the problem is more serious then is being reported.

The Pens have Sid listed as “probable” for tomorrow’s game against the Islanders.

Rangers Fire Tom Renney, Hire John Tortorella

Fired: Tom RenneyAfter losing ten of their last twelve games and generally playing below par hockey for the past few months, the New York Rangers fired head coach Tom Renney today. There wasn’t much downtime before reports started to surface that former Tampa Bay Lightning Coach and current NHL on TSN analyst John Tortorella will take over the Rangers as soon as the next game. This is dependent on the NHL working out the difficulty of a Tampa “no”; the Lightning still have Tororella under contract for the remainder of the season and will need to give their go-ahead before the Rangers’ organization can claim him.

In a related story, TSN’s Quiz segment just lost much of its luster!

Fans Will Decide Superskills Winner

all-star-2009-logo-150From fan balloting to determine the starters to fan voting for the winner of the Superskills competition; I can’t say I think this is a good decision made by Bettman and company but Kovy is nearly guaranteed the number one spot in that competition now that it’s been made!

Fans will be given instructions on how to vote via text message from their cell phones during the broadcast of the competition on January 24.

Luongo Skates; Back Soon?

roberto-luongo-150For the first time since hitting the inured list Canucks’ star goaltender Roberto Luongo participated in a full practice on Monday. And the best part? He declared himself to be 100%, giving us all hope that he’ll return Thursday against Phoenix.

More on Luongo as information becomes available!

NHL Superskills Competition

all-star-2009-logo-150The game’s most dazzling shootout artists will attempt to wow the voting public in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge and the classes of 2007-08 and 2008-09 will battle for youthful supremacy when NHL All-Star Weekend gets underway with the 2009 Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition Saturday night, Jan. 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

The realigned NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and the fan-judged Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge will join SuperSkills mainstays such as the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting and Cisco NHL Hardest Shot competitions to determine the League’s best in various disciplines. The evening will culminate with the best hockey players in the world doing what they’ve done to end practices ever since shortly after their parents first tied their skates: engage in an elimination shootout contest that won’t end until there’s only one man left unstopped.

To open the evening, four of the League’s speedsters will take the Bell Centre ice in an attempt to beat Mike Gartner’s 13-year-old record for the fastest (13.386 seconds) circuit of an NHL rink in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater.

Grabovski Suspended 3 Games for Official Abuse

mikhail-grabovski-150After circling and exchanging words with Sergei Kostitsyn last night, Montreal Canadiens’ reject Mikhail Grabovski ended up tussling and getting lightly tackled by a linesman, shoving and grabbing at the offical’s sweater simaltaneously and ending up with a heavy-handed suspension.

Abuse of an Official is an automatic suspension in the NHL rulebook and Grabovski looked like a goon out there, getting far more emotional then was necessary given that he was being held back. He also made a few rude gestures to the Montreal crowd as he skated off the ice after receiving his misconduct.

Sergei has said publically that the feud will continue with his fellow Belarussian; Grabovski and the Kostitsyn brothers represent the only current NHL players from Belarus.

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